Parents pay thousands to hold unused daycare spots


CTV Vancouver 

Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 

In a city where daycare spots can be difficult to find, some Vancouver parents are paying thousands of dollars to hold unused spots for their children.

Mother of two Ingrid Irani is on maternity leave from her job as a registered nurse, and is already paying for daycare for her son Alexander though the six-month-old still spends his days at home.

Irani and her husband had saved some emergency money before she went on maternity leave and decided to use the funds to ensure her son has a daycare spot when she goes back to work.

“This is considered an emergency because it’s either we stress out later in January and try to scramble to find a full-time spot, or we just pay for it now, get it done and over with,” she said.

The family will end up paying about $6,000 for unused child care on top of the $900 they pay every month for their older son who is going to the daycare centre.

“I wish I could use the money for RESP or something more worthwhile but I don’t think my husband and I really have a choice,” Irani said. “It’s so hard to find infant daycares. It’s extremely hard.”

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Looking for Daycare? Good Luck

Year long wait lists continue and cost of full-time childcare has gone up 2 to 4 per cent

By Tina Lovgreen, CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2016 6:24 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 9:06 AM 


Wendy Xiang and her husband moved to downtown Vancouver for his job two months ago, but she's already considering leaving because she can't find daycare for their two-year-old son, Felix.

"I thought it would be hard in the city, but I didn't expect it to be this hard," Xiang said. 

"It feels unreasonable.There are so many kids and families here. I don't know how they — I don't know how I am going to survive here," said Xiang, who moved from Singapore and now lives downtown.

"Basically, the waiting list is between one to two years," she said. She says until she finds full-time care, she can't go back to work.

Her struggle to find daycare is shared by thousands of other parents.

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Affording a Second Child

Having affordable childcare would mean that we could actually afford a second child! We want one, but considering how expensive daycare is in BC, there's just no way. Next month we will be paying $900 a month for full time care for our daughter who will be 1. We pay that for our mortgage. 

And unfortunately we are one of those families that makes too little to be able to afford daycare (especially for two kids) but too much to actually get any type of subsidy. 

It's incredibly disheartening and disappointing. 

- Natalie B



Child care is a human rights issue

Lack of available childcare infringing on human rights of women and children, says legal group


Legal association calls on province 'to make childcare significantly more affordable for all'

By Anna Dimoff, CBC News Posted: Jul 12, 2016 3:31 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016 3:31 PM PT


The struggle to find childcare in B.C. communities has become more than just an exercise in frustration. A local legal association specializing in women's equality says it's a human rights issue.

The West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) has released a report looking at what happens when a childcare system doesn't meet the needs of the families that rely on it, and uses the accounts of 15 women to demonstrate the challenges mothers are facing.


"They're living in cycles of poverty, often trapped on income assistance because, even with a full childcare subsidy, they can't pay the cost of care necessary for them to work," said Kendra Milne, West Coast LEAF Director of Law Reform, and the author of the report.

Read the full article here...


Study calls for $10-per-day child care to end daycare 'crisis'

CTV Vancouver 
Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:19PM PDT 

A new report says the shortage of affordable, high-quality daycare in B.C. has created a “crisis” for families and is violating the rights of women and children.

"High Stakes," written by a women’s rights lawyer at West Coast LEAF, calls on the B.C. government to immediately implement a $10-per-day child care plan.

"The current state of child care is failing women and children," said West Coast LEAF Director of Law Reform Kendra Milne.

Read the full article here...


Summer Child Care on Global TV

Breaking down the numbers: Can parents afford summertime care costs?

What are the challenges for parents looking for quality affordable child care for their school age children during the summer months - and why the $10aDay Child Care Plan will help... Sharon Gregson is interviewed, please watch the Global TV clip...


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As a young woman who plans on having a family in the future, it’s great to see people coming together from all age groups, different communities throughout British Columbia and people with and without children, all recognizing that affordable, quality child care is an absolute necessity for parents now and in the future.

I’m grateful to every single one of you who signed and who is committed to making the 10aDay Plan a reality for my future family and for families all across British Columbia. While the work to get the Plan implemented continues, we are one step closer to achieving our goal!

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Vernon Morning Star

Quality child care essential

Letter to the Editor in the Vernon Morning Star on May 20, 2016 from Lynne Reside

I recently returned from the annual conference of the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. where I was inspired by people who have been advocating long and hard for an integrated system of publicly funded child care.

We are increasingly aware of the unattainable housing costs in much of our province.

I know that many families rely on two incomes to be able to support their family, many families are headed by one parent and many families highly value the professional early care and learning practitioners to whom they entrust their young children.

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Alberni Valley News

Childcare spaces lacking in Alberni Valley

By Katya Slepian in the Alberni Valley News on May 10, 2016

There aren’t enough day care spaces for children in the Alberni Valley, according to Katherin Charbonneau, a childcare consultant with Pacific Care and a representative of the Port Alberni branch of the Early Childhood Educators of B.C. and Alberni Children First.

Charbonneau was up in front of city council on April 25 to highlight the importance of childcare to the community.

“Quality childcare is essential to communities, employers, children and families and the economy,” she said.

“Childcare is really important and we are in a crisis. There aren’t enough spaces for children.”

The $10-a-day childcare plan that city council endorsed last April is a start, noted Charbonneau, but the conversation needs to be kept alive.


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